How to Buy Italian Meats Online

There are several foods that I missed after I made the move from Italy to New York. Of course in Manhattan, Brooklyn or the Bronx (my favorite little Italy) there are many specialty shops that import directly from Italy. However, I live a few hours outside the city, so I don’t get much of a […]

Espresso, Cappuccino and “La Bella Vita”

  In my opinion Italian coffee is one of the best ways to illustrate the Italian way of life and la bella vita. In Italy quality is given much more importance than quantity, Italy still hasn’t fallen into the imperialistic idea that bigger is better, but still holds on to quality being the ultimate goal.   ITALIAN […]

Home Made Wine: An Italian Tradition!

I think all Italians & Italian Americans alike have fond memories of their grandfather making his own wine. The sparkle in his eye as he presented it to others and his pride when he made a particularly good batch. The art of winemaking seemed to have been disappearing, however, it is making quite a comeback! […]

La Bella Fashion!

When someone thinks about living La Bella Vita they often start by, envisioning themselves racing a Maserati, or a Ducati to their super-yacht where they take in the aroma of fine Tuscan wine and then enjoy its’ harmony with the sumptuous, perfectly paired meal. The next logical step in this —all to common fantasy—  is to […]

Italian Towns Worth Taking a Picture of

There are few things as fascinating to me as the art of building. Nowadays it seems that most buildings are designed to be built as fast and cheap as possible with emphasis on practicability. However, there was a time in the past when buildings were works of art and construction workers were artists, artists that […]

Italian Beaches You Must See!

Italy’s beaches are one of its’ best kept secrets! Most plan their vacation around sightseeing, museums and of course food. This is good since such a trip will be unforgettable, however, I strongly feel that at least a day on the beach ‘to rest up’ should be programmed into your trip to Italy! After you […]

Italian Sports Cars and Their Not So Luxurious Beginnings!

Most think immediately of Ferrari when they think of Italian luxury sports cars —and rightfully so— Ferrari is considered the king of luxury sports cars. If you have ever driven one you understand why it deserved such a title!   In my blog posts we will be examining extensively the history, present and future of […]

Living La Bella Vita!

Welcome to my Blog: La Bella Vita! I would like to start by explaining who I am, why I chose to start this blog and what exactly “La Bella Vita” means to me…   My name is Gian Riccardo DiCandia, I was born in the US, where my family emigrated from Apulia, a beautiful region […]

How To Prepare Authentic Italian Food

Italian cuisine is loved the world over. You can find Italian-style restaurants in countries all across the world. However, the food that is served in these restaurants doesn’t always taste like the food that you would be served if you ate in Italy.   If you’re interested in authentic Italian food, you may want to […]

La Bella Vita Is All Around Us!

Italian is a a beautiful language. The Italian phrase La Bella Vita translates to ‘life is beautiful’. Most people often associate Italy with vacations and lots of romance. Apart from that, it is famed for numerous cloth and perfume designers. The italian culture is pretty interesting. Most people believe in family and stay with relatives. […]